Debating whether to hire a caregiver for your loved or not?
Deciding when to hire a caregiver for your loved one can be a difficult task and often times a tough decision to make. You have two different options of hiring a caregiver – either hire a caregiver independently, or with the help of an agency.
Whichever option you choose, a suitable caregiver will assist you in taking care of your loved one and also help you, or your loved one, with chores such as:
* Cooking meals
* Incontinence care
* Medication reminders/administration
* Other housekeeping duties
Things to consider before hiring a caregiver:
Here are some important points that you need to consider before hiring a caregiver for your loved one.
1. Does your loved one really need a caregiver?
Although help is always welcome by everyone, there are circumstances which one must have help. Evaluating if a loved one needs help should be determined early enough, to ensure they live comfortably.
2. Duration of care:
After deciding that a caregiver is needed, a determination as to whether the service will be permanent or temporarily needs to be made. This decision will depend on the condition of your loved one, financial stability, and whether the hired caregiver be the sole person rendering care giving services. If your loved one needs care for only a certain period of time, then your caregiver can be hired on a temporary basis.
3. Where will the caregiver stay?
If you are hiring someone to take care of your loved one for 24 hours a day, then you need to consider the space available. Consideration should be given for the Caregiver’s own personal needs, where they will sleep, and store their belongings. If space is not sufficient, other caregiving schedules/arrangements should be considered.
Tips for hiring a caregiver:
Letting anyone else take care of your loved one is not an easy task. Trusting the caregiver is very essential. Here are some tips that can help with hiring a caregiver for a loved one.
1. Evaluate needs:
Evaluating the needs of your loved one is very important. For example, does your loved one need care 24/7 or only for few hours a day? What will be the responsibilities of that caregiver? Evaluating all your loved one’s needs before hiring, helps in better planning and selecting the correct caregiver.
2. Look for a reputable agency:
Every person has different options while hiring a caregiver. They can hire a person independently, or with the help of an agency. Hiring a caregiver independently involves a lot of risks. While hiring a caregiver with the help of a reputable agency, builds trust because such caregivers go through rigorous background checks and are both insured, and bonded.
3. Personally interview the caregiver:
It is very important to personally interview the caregiver before hiring them. The interview process, helps iron-out misunderstandings and also provides a platform for you to detail out the kind of care services you would like for your loved one. The final goal after the interview is to ensure that both you, and the caregiver are aware of what is expected to efficiently take care of your loved one. During the interview, feel free to discuss the caregiver’s expertise, their needs and availability, and go over all other related questions you might have. To have a deeper understanding of the caregiver’s personality, you can ask for their personal views about care giving in general.
4. Hire certified caregivers:
If you can afford it, it is best to hire someone who is professionally trained to provide care for your loved one. Formal training helps individuals develop necessary skills required for care giving. Such training includes but is not limited to, First Aid/CPR certification. Appropriate training ensures that you have a well-trained caregiver, taking care of your loved one in the event of an emergency.
5. Run background checks:
If you decide to hire a caregiver independently, ensure you perform a background check privately after receiving authorization from the caregiver. Background checks help eliminate the risk of leaving your loved one at the hands of a person with a trouble past. Hiring a caregiver from a reputable agency, minimizes this risk because agencies are mandated to perform background checks on all their employees.
6. Encourage your loved one to participate in the interview process:
If your loved one is in a position to participate in the hiring process, it is important to encourage your loved one to participate in the hiring process. This helps create a bond between the caregiver and your loved one from the get-go.
7. Ask for references:
As an employer, it is your right to ask for references from the caregiver you want to hire. Personally reaching out to the references, will help you gauge if the caregiver skills match the needs of your loved one. It will also help you, verify all factual information the caregiver provided during the interview process.
After reviewing the about mentioned tips, ensure you hire a caregiver that best suits your loved one’s needs.